Friday, May 26, 2017

May 18-21, 2017, Retreat

The ALCQ Annual Retreat was held at North Star Bible Camp on the Willow-Fishhook Road. Thirty-two quilters attended this year. "Strippin' In The North Woods" was the theme. Thank you to all of the Retreat Committee members who worked hard to create another productive and fun retreat.

Diane made this wall-hanging from a photograph she took last year of a moose at the lake.

This year's block challenge was to make a 6.5" block using strips of fabric that had been discarded by Eleanor Burns. Barbara won the blocks to put together as she wishes.
Glenda demonstrated ways to insert zippers in quilted bags.
During the session, "Improvisational Use of Scraps", Donna showed her strip piecing technique through examples of her quilts and blocks.

Barbara helped Donna display a scrap pieced work in progress.

Donna showed another of her scrap quilts in progress.

This colorful quilt top was pieced by Donna.

Rhonda was surprised that Donna had pieced a top for her from scraps Rhonda had given her at last year's retreat.

Barbara strip pieced this quilt. She is a Retreat Committee member.

Strip-piecing is used effectively in Barbara's vest.

Clara Jo showed two quilts made from fabric strips.

On Saturday evening, quilters showed the projects they worked on during the retreat.

Anne embroidered pillow cases.
Betty's wall-hanging was created by her small group--Last Wednesday--from a photograph. Betty shows her quilt top while Marilyn displays the inspiration photograph.

Glenda showed the cat wall-hanging to which Barbara had added borders.
Glenda stitched on this flower piece during the retreat.
Glenda hopes that these little placemats will be inspiring to her family.

Glenda and Laurie helped Kim display the bed quilt top she pieced during the retreat.

Although Laurie is a beginning quilter, she pieced together fabrics from the scrap bag.
Margaret finished piecing Kafe Fassett charm squares in the Falling Charms pattern.
Glenda helps Marilyn hold the cute panda baby quilt that Marilyn made.
Marilyn showed her pink quilt top.
Marilyn B. is working on this cute panda themed quilt.
Rhonda made small bags. Rhonda is a Retreat Committee member.
Rhonda found cute fabric for little girls' dresses.
Rhonda also made placemats.
Barbara strip-pieced this quilt.
Another of Barbara's small quilts.
Cathy worked on a quilt top pieced of solid fabric squares during the retreat.
Diane showed notebook covers.
Elaine has made thread catchers.
Elaine purchased this pieced quilt row at a fabric shop in Maine.
Gail practiced machine quilting on this child's quilt.
Jacky has wanted to make an Irish Chain quilt. She has a good start on it.
Jacky made this red and white small quilt.
Lynne pieced the top of her blue and green quilt.
 Then she decided to experiment with different shapes on the back, which she now likes better.
Lynne's cheerful snowbird quilt will brighten the dark winter days.
Rosemary showed two blocks from the red, white, and blue Quilts of Valor  quilt that she is making.
Janice made this quilt for a Denver Broncos fan in her family.
Teresa pieced this large quilt top.
Small squares make up this quilt top which Teresa showed.
Teresa created this wall-hanging from very small pieces.

Throughout the four days, quilters were busy at their machines, cutting fabric, visiting, and enjoying tasty meals.

Barbara and Glenda are admiring the zipper Joan sewed in her ruler tote.

Marilyn and Betty
Cheryl B.
Cheryl G. is a Retreat Committee member.
Clara Jo is another Retreat Committee member.
Joan is a Retreat Committee member.
Diane, Rhonda, and Kim
Marilyn B.
Marilyn M. is a Retreat Committee member.
Mary D.
Oliva is a Retreat Committee member. She put together the two raffle baskets, which were won by Jacky and Rosemary.

Glenda is a Retreat Committee member.